Thursday, September 10, 2009

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - Not Quite a Chinook (Lake Erie)


During Alberta winters, mild Chinook winds can blow in from the B.C. coast and deliver a welcome break in the deep freeze. The signature form of these winds is the “arch” they make, sweeping across the entire sky, piling up the clouds and revealing beautiful spring-like blues and greens beneath. On Lake Erie, I’ve noticed that most of the storm lines run parallel to my view, but occasionally, they cut across on an angle that reminds me of home.




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Chinook photo from www.calgaryarea.com

27 comments:

Lorac said...

Lovely shots. The dark sky over the water looks ominous but I know that clear to blue in minutes!

Dewdrop said...

Very cool. I love the name Chinook. Reminds me of "Schnook". Very dramatic captures!

Sylvia K said...

Marvelous shots, Deborah! And we've been seeing a few of those horizontal lines over the water as well, interesting.

Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Lin said...

the weather is changing, whether or not we are ready.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

I knew of them, but not what they looked like. When we lived in Oregon, a warm wind blew in from the west. Was that a chinook, do you think?

Martha Z said...

Great capture of the storm front.

Gill - That British Woman said...

that is so neat, I don't think I have seen that before.

Gill

bobbie said...

Beautiful shots. That angle is quite a thing!

Coca Cutie said...

Moody and beautiful :)

Quackster said...

Thanks for the information and posting of the pics, especially for a person like me coming from a different part of the continent.

Wren said...

And to think I was expecting a helicopter! It's certainly interesting where you live, right on the edge of the Lake.

david mcmahon said...

That's a great sky, Deoborah.

SandyCarlson said...

What a great post. Those clouds are dramatic and beautiful. Thanks for the lesson on chinooks.

Guy D said...

Love the dark clouds, excellent captures.

Have a great weekend
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Carletta said...

The vastness of the ocean always takes my breath away in shots like the first one. Beautiful!
Love the landscape scene of the second.

Rose said...

Oh my, I just love both of these. They are wonderful.

J Bar said...

Dramatic looking skies.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Quiet Paths said...

I am enjoying your compare and contrast photos. Each very different despite being a similar cloud horizon. Very cool.

Cloudia said...

Alberta!
Winter incarnate....no wonder you see the (sub sub sub) tropical beauty of Lake Erie.

Aloha my poetic friend...

Comfort Spiral

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Interesting photos, Deb, and interesting thoughts about the winds... I've heard of "Chinook" winds all of my life---but never knew where they originated, or about the arch. Neat!!!!

Hugs,
Betsy

Naturegirl said...

The sky appears to be falling!!!
Great captures Deborah!

Carolyn said...

Beautiful captures Deborah. Weathr over the weather and lakes is truly quite amazing to watch. Glad the end result was clear skies.
Blessings and smiles

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Interesting comparison! I knew how Chinooks suddenly warm Calgary in the middle of winter bit I didn't know you can see them in the cloud formations.

Arija said...

Great blanket cloud in the second shot.

JOE TODD said...

Very enjoyable Starting to look a little like fall weather

Geraldine said...

These are impressive pics Deborah. Ahhh..the chinooks of the Prairies, I remember them well. What a warm, welcoming wind.

Hugs, G

YourFireAnt said...

Reminds you of home WHERE? Michigan?

T.